Kris Paronto’s first-hand account of the Battle in Benghazi

Graceland radio host Jennifer Meadows and principal political analyst for the Independent Voter Network, TJ O’Hara, talk with Kris Paronto one of the sources of "13 Hours:


WASHINGTON, September 11, 2015 – A shroud of mystery still surrounds the events of Sept, 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

Graceland radio host Jennifer Meadows and TJ O’Hara, principal political analyst for the Independent Voter Network, Kris Paronto, former Army Ranger and one of the sources of “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”

Paronto shares his first-hand experience during the Battle of Benghazi. Paronto, one of the contractors with the CIA security team, fought off terrorists for more than 13 hours, saving more than 20 lives.

There has been much controversy about whether U.S. officials issued a stand down order to security forces on the ground who were trying to defend American lives. Both the CIA and the State Department have said they did not issue a stand down order.

Instead, they say they instructed security teams to wait.

According to Paronto, a stand down order was given. In fact, Paronto says almost 30 minutes passed between the time they received the order and the time he and team member Tyrone Woods decided to defy the directive. The last transmission from the mission compound read: “They’re starting to light the building on fire. You need to get here.”

That message prompted Paronto and Woods to fight.

The battle claimed the lives of the Benghazi Four: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, U.S. Navy SEAL Glen Doherty and American Sean Smith.

As we approach the anniversary of Sept. 11, there is much that remains unclear about the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya. Three years have passed and yet the Obama administration, the U.S. State Department and the Department of Defense refuse to call it an act of terror.

Listen in as Paronto tells his story of how the events unfolded.

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Jennifer Meadows
Jennifer Meadows has been working in talk radio both hosting and producing shows for a number of networks across the country. Currently, she's host of GRACELAND which is broadcast weekly on WNJC 1360, CPR Worldwide Media, Leading Edge Radio, and K98Talk. She began her career as a co-host on terrestrial radio before going solo, creating her own show early in 2012. Interviewing some of the biggest names in media, politics, and entertainment is her specialty. She writes for the Sons of Liberty Media and Communities Digital News. Her background is in Sales and Business Management in the fields of Communication, Energy and Journalism. A graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, she now resides in Oxford, MS.